Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is a cognitive therapeutic treatment which incorporates mindfulness techniques to reduce levels of emotional distress.
Initially conceived to help people with chronic depression, or suffering depression as a side-effect to severe physical illness, the treatment uses approaches like meditation, breathing and other relaxation exercises to break negative thought patterns before they take hold.
Mindfulness helps the individual to step back from the negative thoughts and feelings and reduce their effect, and in this way, they are able to take back control. It serves to teach sufferers to change their relationship with their emotions and thoughts.